Incredible Half Term Creativity
We were very pleased to be awarded funding for a week of creative activity in Wolverhampton, over February Half Term Holidays. The scheme is part of the wider #YES (Youth Engagement Strategy funded by City of Wolverhampton Council) offer across many providers in and around the city.
We worked with 8-16 year olds (18 with an EHCP) on a wide variety of creative projects and included some BSL (British Sign Language) teaching to boot.
We always respond to feedback we receive from young people and in October they told us they'd like to do some Surrealism. So we showed a presentation of what the art movement was all about, who the main artists were and what the lasting influence on our modern day art forms is. They created some fabulous Surreal works (see pics below)
British Sign Language
Gary, a deaf director of RAW delivered some British Sign Language including fingerspelling your name, basic 'meet and greet' signs and they played a few games of 'BSL Bingo' to make sure they'd learnt everything properly!
Charlie Chaplin montage
Because of the connection between Charlie Chaplin and Wolverhampton and that he was another influential multi talented artist, we delivered a short presentation about him and his work and the young people created this wonderful sectioned piece. They each took a square of the bigger picture and did it in their own way (example of magazine collage shown). When pieced together like a jigsaw, the picture comes into wonderful focus
Indigenous style dot drawings
Some beautiful and affective drawings done in an Aboriginal / African style
The young people made some amazing clay creations, including a delightful daffodil, a wonderful wave and mini replica of the Support Life wolf painted by RAW's director Alex Vann as part of the 'Wolves in Wolves' public art project in 2017.
Pop Art greetings cards and canvas tote bags
It's a wrap!!
Final Day: We've had a blast with the team, staff, volunteers and our hosts All Saints Action Network Ltd on our Feb Half term scheme supported by City of Wolverhampton Council’s #YES Youth Engagement Strategy.
Donna, one of our volunteers showed the young people her beautiful portrait painting which will soon be displayed in an exhibition at Newhampton Arts Centre
One of the young people brought in some cardboard sculpture with moving parts that he’d made at home.
Here's what the young people told us in their daily feedback forms:
I enjoyed today as it was a group project. Some of us challenged ourselves to get through it and we did!
RESULTS OF ONLINE SURVEYS COMPLETED BY THE YOUNG PEOPLE
When asked if they enjoyed taking part 100% said 'YES'
When asked if they learnt something new 100% said 'YES'
When asked if they felt more creative / inspired 100% said 'YES'
When asked if they'd like to attend RAW sessions again 100% said 'YES'
Comments from the online surveys:
They made me feel creative and I had fun and I normally don’t like drawing very much and I don’t normally get creative at school or home
Feb Half Term Arts, Crafts and BSL
**PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROJECT IS NOW FULL**
Please use the booking button to be added to our waiting list and future communications about our projects for young people.
We are delighted to have been funded by Wolverhampton Council's Youth Engagement Strategy Board for Feb Half Term Activities.
- FREE sessions for young people in Wolverhampton aged 8-16 (18 with an EHCP)
- High quality art materials and tuition provided
- Meet new friends and try something new!
- Previous art skills not necessary
- Packed lunch included
- Young people with SEND are welcome (please get in touch with us to discuss)
Click the button below to book your child(ren) on:
Could you be an ‘Arty Star’?
We are expanding our team of freelancers and volunteers to work on innovative seasonal projects throughout the year.
We are also keen to expand our team in non-client facing support roles.
See poster below:
Please see the relevant Job Description above for volunteer and freelance roles and complete the relevant application form and return via our 'upload file' function on the contact form or email (with your CV) to: RealArtsWorkshops@gmail.com
Or, call us/SMS/WhatsApp: 07882 685923
Please spread the word to people you think might be interested,
Alex, Gary and team.
Real Arts Workshops is an independent arts company based in the Black Country, providing bespoke workshops for various organisations and groups.